Daria: Jake of Hearts (1999)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Sitcom [TV], Teen Movie  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Death and DJs intrude into the titular teen's life in this episode of the animated MTV series Daria. When Jake (voice of Julian Rebolledo) falls face-first into a bowl of guacamole, it's time to call 911 -- Dad has had a heart attack. For Daria (voice of Tracy Grandstaff), this family emergency falls right in the middle of an exceptionally annoying week during which irritating radio disc jockeys have descended on Lawndale High for their daily broadcasts. So while coping with the arrival of her bossy, old-fashioned grandmother at home, Daria must endure taunts and jibes from professional jackasses at school. She responds with typical deadpan wit, but it all gets to be a bit much -- especially with grandma criticizing Helen (voice of Wendy Hoopes) at every turn and Quinn (voice of Wendy Hoopes) trying to kick start a pre-Med curriculum so she can become a doctor before her father has his next heart attack. Eventually, Jake's near-death experience allows him to confront his mother about his horrible childhood at the hands of his sadistic and neglectful father, "Mad Dog" Morgendorffer. As for Daria, she channels her own existential angst into a truly classic on-air diatribe against the DJs.

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